Global warming is a challenge for humanity - Sharm el-Sheikh has just reminded us of this again. But in addition to abstract global issues of the UN, small, personal steps can also help. Discussions about sustainability are primarily about energy consumption. Laboratory equipment is no exception. Even the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient ultra-low temperature freezers still require a significant amount of energy to maintain extremely low temperatures of -80 °C 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years.
The non-profit organization My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) have once again teamed up to award the best concepts for improving cold storage in terms of sustainability: The Freezer Challenge 2023.
Users, including you, can earn points by taking action in the areas of good management practices, temperature tuning and other areas, and by sharing information about best practices. Awards will be given to those who have contributed the most to saving energy and improving their sample storage. In addition to optimizing our own refrigeration equipment, we are all learning to be more conscious of energy use in the lab.
Since 2017, the Challenge has saved more than 24 million KWh of electricity worldwide through improved cold storage.
Because of our responsibility to the environment, Eppendorf is proud to support the International Freezer Challenge 2023 for the sixth consecutive year starting in 2018.
Register free of charge: https://www.freezerchallenge.org/
Eppendorf is a leading life science company that develops and sells instruments, consumables, and services for liquid handling, sample handling, and cell handling in laboratories worldwide. Its product range includes pipettes and automated pipetting systems, dispensers, centrifuges, mixers, spectrometers, and DNA amplification equipment as well as ultra-low temperature freezers, fermentors, bioreactors, CO2 incubators, shakers, and cell manipulation systems. Consumables such as pipette tips, test tubes, microplates, and single-use bioreactor vessels complement the range of highest-quality premium products. As digital solution, Eppendorf is developing new business models and transforming the Eppendorf portfolio to meet Industry 4.0 requirements.
Eppendorf products are most broadly used in academic and commercial research laboratories, e.g., in companies from the pharmaceutical and biotechnological as well as the chemical and food industries. They are also aimed at clinical and environmental analysis laboratories, forensics, and at industrial laboratories performing process analysis, production, and quality assurance.
Eppendorf was founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1945 and has about 5,500 employees worldwide. The company has subsidiaries in 26 countries and is represented in all other markets by distributors.